Injection molder Nypro Inc. of Clinton, Mass., is cutting about 20 jobs - nearly a quarter of the workforce - at its plant in Wrexham, Wales.
``Nypro is reducing its base of [United Kingdom] customers to allow further concentration on global business,'' the company said in a news release.
Reorganization will take place during the next three months at the Nypro (UK) Ltd. plant, which employs 75. The plant will scale back production to five days per week, from seven, and will cut two of four work shifts.
Workers were told of the plan at the end of June, and local managers are negotiating the details.
Nypro hopes the Wrexham plant will win orders from one major multinational customer that can secure the immediate future of the facility. The company hopes the local workforce and molding capacity can be expanded on the back of growing global business, according to Nypro spokesman Al Cotton.
The company aims to secure alternative service for its remaining local customers in the next few months, according to Nypro (UK) Managing Director Mike Slinger.
``We are seeing significant growth across all sites in Europe. We have added global customers at Wrexham in the last two years and we have to grow with them,'' Slinger said.
Nypro (UK) has 16 injection presses with clamping forces of 25-300 tons, including a twin-shot machine. The plant runs its own in-house tooling section.
Elsewhere in Europe, the molder installed a new clean room molding facility for its pharmaceutical customer base at Nypro France in Fontenay sur Eure, near Chartres, France.